Observations of Flaring Geosyncs

From: Mike McCants (mmccants@io.com)
Date: Tue Oct 07 2008 - 03:20:46 UTC

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    On Sunday evening at BCRC between the clouds, Ed Cannon and I spotted
    a few flaring geosyncs.  Ed could see one object at one-power -
    Echostar 3 (25004) at alt 37, azi 124.  There is a lot of light
    pollution from Austin in our southeast.  All of these satellites
    were observed with my 8 inch telescope.  Some were also observed
    with binoculars as well.
    
    All times Oct. 6, 2008 UT:
    
    Time   NCat Name            Mag
    02:33 25954 GE 4            6.5  Note - about 4 hours before shadow entry
    02:38 28702 Galaxy 28       6.0  Note - about 3 hours before shadow entry
          All of the following objects were observed just before shadow entry
    02:45 27875 USA 170         7.0
    02:45 23816 Intelsat 707    5.0
    03:05 25004 Echostar 3      3.0
    03:05 27852 Rainbow 1      10.5
    03:10 28393 Amazonas       10.0
    03:30 32293 Star One C1     9.5
    03:55 32768 Star One C2     8.5
    04:00 26580 GE 6            9.5
    04:02 25937 DirecTV 1-R    11.0
    04:05 26402 Echostar 6     10.0
    04:07 24714 Nahuel 1       10.0
    04:10 32388 Horizons 2      9.5
    04:15 25152 Brazilsat B3    8.0
    04:22 25331 Echostar 4     10.5
    04:30 25516 GE 5           11.5
    04:38 23877 Galaxy 9        7.5
    04:42 33373 Nimiq 4         8.0
    04:42 27632 Nimiq 2         9.5
    04:42 23598 DirecTV 3      10.5
    Note - these last two objects were within 0.01 degrees of each other.
    
    Mike McCants
    Austin, TX  - BCRC 30.31N, 97.87W
    
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